SCHOLARSHIP FUND RAISES $1.2 MILLION
BENEFIT DISADVANTAGED YOUTH
AT 43rd ANNUAL FRIENDS GALA
New York [May 23, 2019] – More
than 400 guests raised $1.2
million at the 43rd Annual Inner-City
Scholarship Fund Friends Gala on Tuesday, May 21, at
Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Inner-City is the
city’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing
tuition assistance for low-income students attending Catholic
schools within the Archdiocese of New York.
His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop
of New York, and Gala Chairs Margaret Crotty and
Rory Riggs attended the event.
“As the school year comes to a close, we are
constantly reminded of the importance of a quality education,”
said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City Scholarship
Fund. “I’m amazed by the generosity of the people in this room,
especially Margaret Crotty and Rory Riggs, who are so dedicated
to supporting Catholic education for future generations.”
Catholic school student Amaya Rojas, a seventh grader from Santa
Maria School in the Bronx, gave an inspiring speech about the
teachers who have supported her throughout her education and the
strong friendships she has developed since she was in
kindergarten. She is grateful that her Inner-City Scholarship
Fund has given her opportunities to achieve her dreams, and
believes her education has made her passionate and confident.
Amaya has earned honors every quarter, and aspires to be a
doctor or teacher in the future so that she can help others.
addition to dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a “Sky is the
Limit” performance by Saint Raymond Elementary School in the
Bronx, Notre Dame School in Manhattan and Mount Saint Michael
Academy in the Bronx.
About Inner-City Scholarship Fund
Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971
by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent
executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides over
$13 million per year in tuition assistance to students (90%
minority and 33% non-Catholic) attending Catholic Schools in the
Archdiocese of New York. An astonishing 99% percent of seniors
attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 98%
pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.